Afghan intelligence NDS Chief Rehmatullah Nabeel quits over differences with Ashraf Ghani on Pakistan Visit

KABUL: The head of Afghanistan intelligence service, Rahmatullah Nabil, has resigned citing "pressures from President Ashraf Ghani ". There has been "repeated verbal demands about my removal from the post," he said in a letter to the president. It comes a day after the Taliban killed at least 50 people including soldiers in a siege at Kandahar airport. Mr Nabil and the president differ on Pakistan's role in fighting the militants, says the BBC's Dawood Azami. Afghan officials often accuse neighbouring Pakistan of supporting Taliban activities in their country. On Wednesday, Mr Ghani asked Islamabad to help broker peace negotiations with the insurgents during a regional peace conference in the country. Mr Nabil had been heading the National Directorate of Security (NDS), for about five years. However, some are blaming him for recent escalation in Taliban attacks in the country, including the brief seizure of northern city of Kunduz in September.(BBC)